Category Archive: In the Garden

Aug 28

Sigma 70 – 300mm F4 – 5.6 DG Macro lens

In another article in April, I wrote about the Pentax K30 with 18 – 135mm lens. I have been using the camera for about 5 months and really like it. The color, clarity and contrast offered by this digital format lens is very impressive and so far, I have only shot in the automatic mode. …

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Aug 26

Tomatoes

Tomatoes… Broiled: Whole tomatoes cut in half and seasoned with salt, pepper, Mrs. Dash and topped with cheese (any cheese). Broil for ten minutes and serve hot with a baked potato and grilled chicken. Fresh: Tomato wedges with salt and pepper. Fresh from the garden or after chilling in the refrigerator. You just can not …

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Jun 24

An early summer day.

This morning, while taking my usual stroll around the yard, I noticed a deer across the field. Quietly I walked to the back area with camera at the ready. The doe was probably about 2 or 3 years of age, quite healthy and she had not noticed me yet. Later in the afternoon I went …

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Jun 20

A rare and different tune…

While working in the garden on this final day of spring, as the lunar phase waxes toward a Full Strawberry Moon, I heard the song of the cicada. It is a strange sound to be sure for we do not experience it every year. Here is another link with more recorded sounds of the cicada. …

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Jun 01

Gardening in small spaces.

I am fortunate to have a space of about 1,000 square feet (this is equal to about 93 square meters) dedicated as my main garden plot for vegetables. In addition to that plot, I have an established apple tree and several spaces filled with seasonal displays of flowers. I also have various plants in pots …

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May 20

Let it grow!

…”Broken ground, open and beckoning to the spring, black dirt live again!” “Let It Grow” is a delightful song written by John Perry Barlow and Bob Weir. You can read the annotated lyrics here. The lyrics combined with Garcia’s Spanish style guitar work created a whirling fanciful image of working the fields in a rhythmic …

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May 11

Spring Garden Update

Today, while checking the progress of various garden happenings, I took a few pictures to capture some of the progress.   The pruning done in January (explained in this article here) was effective and the tree is healthy and full of blossoms. Some of the grafts (grafting details found in this article) I did appear …

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May 08

Various Springtime Pictures

The weather in this first week of May has been exceptionally nice — clear, dry and warm. I have had the opportunity to plant the majority of my early season crops. So far, this is the list of veggies I have started; onions, garlic, peas, radishes, 3 types of lettuce, spinach, asparagus (as mentioned in …

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Apr 19

Asparagus — SPRING 2013

As I mentioned in this article, I will be dedicating a section of the garden to two types of asparagus. Below is a picture of the asparagus crowns that arrived today. To prepare the bed at the end of last year’s gardening season, I tilled the plot deeply and added a substantial amount of …

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Apr 11

Grafting the apple tree– part 2

As a follow- up to this article, today, I completed my grafting process. The picture above shows the taped graft of a McIntosh apple to the existing tree branch. In the heart of the winter season (mid-February) deep in the tree’s dormancy period, I carefully pruned away the crowded branches and shaped the tree to …

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